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WORKSHOP one80

WORKSHOP one80 was established in 2007 to design and sell contemporary ethical jewellery made from discarded materials and handmade by disadvantaged groups around the world. The coconut jewellery is made on the remote tropical island of Rodrigues, 650km east of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. The jewellery is made by a group of disabled creoles who work in a not-for-profit organisation founded nearly 20 years ago by resident Englishman Paul Draper, MBE. The island of Rodrigues suffers from very high unemployment and this organisation offers security to people who have very few other opportunities. The organisation also runs a small school for the disabled children on the same site. Coconut was chosen as the material for the handicraft as this is one of the few resources available in excess on the island. WORKSHOP one80 has added sterling silver and semi precious stones to create an exclusive range of jewellery that reflects the natural habitat of this beautiful island.

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